David Mercer (footballer)
|Full name||David William Mercer|
|Date of birth||20 March 1893|
|Place of birth||St Helens, England|
|Date of death||1 June 1950(aged 57)|
|Place of death||Newton Abbot, England|
|Playing position||Outside right|
|Football League XI|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
David William Mercer (20 March 1893 – 1 June 1950) was an English professional footballer who made over 220 appearances as an outside right in the Football League for Sheffield United. He also played league football for Hull City and Torquay United and won two caps for England.
After beginning his career in non-league football with Prescot Athletic and Skelmersdale United, Mercer joined Second Division club Hull City for a £40 fee on 22 January 1914. He made 91 league appearances and scored 26 goals for the club before moving to First Division Sheffield United on 13 December 1920, for a British record transfer fee of £4,500. He made 223 league appearances and scored 22 goals for the Bramall Lane club and won the 1924–25 FA Cup, before leaving in 1927. Aside from a spell with Torquay United during the 1929–30 season, Mercer saw out the remainder of his career in non-league football.
International and representative career
Mercer was the brother of fellow footballer Arthur Mercer and the pair briefly played together at Sheffield United. Mercer's other brother Richard was an amateur footballer and his son David also became a professional footballer. In 1911, Mercer was working in a coal mine and in 1939 was working as a golf club groundsman.
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|Hull City||1914–15||Second Division||38||4||5||0||43||4|
|Torquay United||1929–30||Third Division South||28||0||1||0||29||0|
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